Retail Smarter

About Retail Smarter

Retail Smarter is a two-day event that brings together a diverse group of retail and industry experts. Long viewed as one of the most impactful events in retail, the schedule is loaded with engaging C-suite speakers and networking opportunities for retail professionals and students to connect.

Retail isn't dying. It's just changing, creating a new beginning for an industry that continues to thrive. Retail Smarter will host thought-provoking speakers from many industries to address these changes while discussing trends, best practices, technology, supply chain, e-commerce, sustainability and human resources. Attendees will be immersed in the world of retail and learn about topics of strategic importance to senior retail executives at leading firms.

Speakers will openly address how their company is flourishing in the changing retail landscape and ensuring that the company continues to thrive. They'll share applicable secrets about how their organizations are staying ahead of the competition.

In additon to this, the event provides ample opportunities for student/employer engagement during breaks, lunches, and a Retail Recruiting Mixer.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Retail Smarter Conference is brought to you by the University of Florida's David F. Miller Retail Center and with the support of Office Depot.

  • UF Retail Center Office Depot

Conference Committee

Mindy Gulledge, AVP-National and Retail Sales
Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc.

In 2018, Mindy Gulledge joined Integrity Staffing Solutions in senior executive sales leadership for national and branch strategic business development. Previously, as Director of National Strategic Sales, she was with Shiftgig, a Chicago based technology company, that provides SaaS technology and staffing solutions on demand to the hospitality, restaurant, and retail industries via mobile app. Prior to joining Shiftgig, she served as Vice President of Enterprise sales (Retail Solutions) at Headway Workforce Solutions, where, since 2010, she served as Senior Portfolio manager for Retail Accounts and Executive Recruiter. Previous to joining Headway, Mindy was in Talent Acquisition/Recruitment for The Grapevine Group. She has enjoyed a diverse career in the retail industry.

Mindy began her career with Macy's South/Bullock's holding management positions for their stores and then moving to merchandising. She joined The Athlete's Foot in 1992, as a planner in licensed apparel. In 1994, Mindy joined Federated Department Stores-Rich's/Lazarus. In 6 years, she joined in the launch of their planning division and moved into merchandising as a buyer in both Luxury/Collection textiles and Intimate Apparel. Upon leaving Federated, Mindy spent 4 years in sales and manufacturing with Remote Control Inc. and Maidenform, Inc. She earned her degree from the University of Florida.


Anne Marie Stephen, President, Street Fight
Founder, Retail Innovation Lounge
CEO kwolia, Innovation Advisory

Anne Marie Stephen, a tech and retail veteran and leading voice in the space, recently took the helm at Street Fight, the premier media, research, and events company covering local marketing and technology. As president, Stephen oversees Street Fight's overall strategy, events, and budget as it pursues aggressive growth in 2019.

Stephen is the founder of Retail Innovation Lounge, an event platform that focuses on the bread and butter of Street Fight's own editorial coverage: innovation in brand and online-to-offline marketing driven by cutting-edge technology. She is also CEO of kwolia, which offers strategic insights on innovation to clients in retail, CPG, tech, and other industries. Anne Marie has worked with: Samsung, IBM, Panasonic, Pepsico, Hershey's, Simon Venture Group, Ralph Lauren, Disney and Chico's. She is a 2018 Woman 2 Watch and frequent speaker at industry events.